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    Page 2, December 2012, Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News

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    lease join us for our 22nd annual

    Pot Luck Dinneron December 14,

    2012, at the Long Valley First Aid

    Squad Building, East Mill Rd, LongValley.

    Cocktail hour is 7pm, followed by din-

    ner and a very brief meeting.

    Please bring a salad, main dish or

    dessert to share (and a beverage to share

    or not!) This is an opportunity to come

    out and meet the Board members of your

    local land trust, and eat some delicious

    food cooked by someone else.

    You are welcome to invitefriends.the more the merrier.

    RSVP to e-mail obadiah1750@hot-

    mail.com

    RSVP is not essential but helps us

    plan.

    The New Spirit Booster Club, a non

    for profit, parent club is pleased to

    announce they are holding a Tricky

    Tray on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the

    Benedict A. Cucinella Elementary School,470 Naughright Road, Long Valley, NJ.

    Doors will open at 6:00 pm with drawings

    to begin at 7:15 pm. Advanced tickets to the

    event will be $10 which includes one sheet

    of tickets and a door prize drawing ticket. If

    any tickets remain, they will be $15 at the

    door.

    The following is a sampling of some of

    the terrific trays that will be offered: com-

    puter lap top, flat screen TV, granite count-

    er top, restaurant and service gift certifi-

    cates, theater/amusement park tickets,tuition to summer camps, sports memorabil-

    ia, theme baskets, Yankee candles and

    MORE. We expect over 200 items to be

    given away.

    Concessions (pizza, hot dogs, chili,

    nachos, snacks, desserts, coffee/tea, soft

    drinks, water, etc.) will be available soJOIN US FOR DINNER!!

    The proceeds of the event will be used to

    support the cheerleaders cost of participat-

    ing in their quest for a Nationals Title at the

    Reach the Beach Competition on April 5-7,

    2013 in Ocean City, Maryland.

    Ticket availability is limited, so be sure

    to reserve your tickets TODAY. To purchase

    advanced tickets or if you need additional

    information please contact us at: cheertrick-

    ytray@gmail.com. The event is handicap

    accessible

    This is a MUST ATTEND for serious

    Tricky Trayers!!!

    Tricky Tray

    Get Your Business Noticed with the

    AREAS MOST READ PAPER...

    AND WE CAN PROVE IT!

    Call 973-252-9889 for information

    Attention Schools, Churches, Organizations Send

    Your Press Releases to mary.lalama@gmail.com

    22nd Annual Pot Luck Dinner

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    Page 4, December 2012, Tell Them You Saw It In The Black River News

    By Kate Halse

    O

    n Monday, December 3, the Happy

    Rockers celebrated the upcoming

    holiday season with their annual

    holiday luncheon at the Basking RidgeCountry Club. The luncheon featured an

    array of food and decorations, with mem-

    bers of the community coming together for

    an early holiday celebration. Happy

    Rockers is a group of residents in and

    around Peapack-Gladstone, ages 55 and

    over, who meet nearly every month and

    enjoy several outings during the year.

    The festive holiday event is highly antic-

    ipated by many community members and is

    well attended every year. Happy Rockers

    treasurer Sara Henderson says that, In1996, Tony Rinaldo chaired the Christmas

    party until his passing in October 2006. His

    wife, Maryann, took over his position and

    has been successful each year, with any-

    where from 60 to 100 in attendance. This

    year, we had a total of 96 people in atten-

    dance, including 6 clergy from our local

    churches.

    The meal and location of this luncheon

    make this a memorable event. A search into

    the history of the event by Henderson shows

    that Financial records dating back to 1985

    show a Christmas party for Peapack-

    Gladstone seniors being catered annually

    until the 1990s, when they went off site to

    Peapack, Gladstone or Somerville restau-

    rants. Each year, members have the oppor-tunity to choose the meal for the luncheon.

    The Happy Rockers met once again at

    the Basking Ridge Country Club at the Fair

    Winds Fine Catering venue, which has host-

    ed the event since 2002. The location

    includes sweeping views of the golf course

    and the beautiful Somerset Hills, with

    amenities such as raised-hearth fireplaces

    and colonial-style dining rooms. While the

    Happy Rockers enjoyed their meal, they

    were treated to an awards show. Under the

    Rinaldos direction, says Henderson,Local merchants have generously donated

    many of the small gifts that are awarded at

    the luncheon.

    Henderson notes, The Christmas party

    has always been well attended by senior

    members of Peapack and Gladstone as well

    as those who have moved away to other

    communities. Everyone enjoys the convivi-

    ality of friends and family as they gather for

    a great meal of choice and beautiful sur-

    roundings during this Christmas season.

    Aside from the holiday luncheon, mem-

    Happy Rockers Host Annual Christmas Partybers of the Happy Rockers enjoy events and

    outings throughout the year. There is the

    Picnic in July, and bus trips this year included

    a visit to the Mount Airy Casino in May and a

    trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to seeA Bench in the Park in April.

    The members also participate in monthly

    meetings, which are held at the municipal

    building on the last Monday of every month,

    except for July, August and December.

    Meetings, chaired by president Lina

    Calabrese, begin at 1:00 p.m. with coffee, pas-

    tries and tea, followed by a meeting from 2 to

    3 p.m. A Visiting Nurse is present at each

    meeting to take blood pressure and discussvarious health issues.

    For more information about this event or

    the Happy Rockers, visit pgborough.com or

    call Lina Calabrese at 908-234-2377.

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    By Kate Halse

    C

    elebrating its 10th anniversary this

    holiday season is the Festival of

    Trees, an annual event sponsored by

    the Senior Resource Center in Chester.There were around 75 lighted and decorated

    trees on display during the festival, which

    ran from December 1 through 8 at The Barn

    at Highlands Ridge Park in Chester. Each

    year, trees are donated and decorated by

    members of the community. Families, busi-

    ness owners and volunteers work together

    with participants from the Senior Resource

    Center to decorate the trees.

    Jim Hackett, director of the Senior

    Resource Center, notes that this eventwould not be possible without the help and

    generosity of the community. Most people

    in the area think that this is a Chester

    event, but it has been run by the Senior

    Resource Center for 10 years now and has

    become our biggest annual fundraiser. The

    10th Annual Festival of Treesfestival gives the seniors an opportunity to

    get involved, with many of them participat-

    ing by decorating, setting up, cleaning up

    and volunteering throughout the event.

    The theme of this years festival was ATime to Remember, which was highlighted

    in a variety of tree decorations. This festive

    community event was filled with an array of

    activities and crafts for people of all ages,

    including an opening night party for volun-

    teers, sponsors and decorators. Throughout

    the week, local schools participated in daily

    visits, and carols were sung in the evening

    by school choirs. In addition, the event

    included something for the whole family,

    with a 50/50 raffle, an activity table for kids

    and a Decorate your Mom/Dad Night on